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1. Does the structure 'feel like doing sth' stand for a polite way of 'want' in AmE or it's British? For instance do you Americans possibly say:

  • I felt like swimming.

2. Do these sentences mean the same:

  • What would you like to drink?
  • What do you feel like drinking?

OR

  • Would you like some tea?
  • Do you feel like some tea?

I guess they should be the same and normal in AmE polite language. I was wondering if I thought properly.

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    Like is generally considered more polite than want in such enquiries. But you should probably avoid feel - it doesn't always work (I certainly wouldn't use it to offer someone a cup of tea). – FumbleFingers Oct 22 '14 at 2:07
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The idiom "feel like something/doing something" is used in an informal way both in American and British English. When you have a wish, desire or inclination for something, you can use it in a normal way. It's nothing to do with politeness or impolitenesss. Besides, its use in the form of a question is seldom. The usual and polite way for offers and invitations is using "would" such as "Would you like a coffee?" or "What would you like to drink?" or "Would you have dinner with me tomorrow?".

I don't mean that you can not say "Do you feel like some coffee?" There is nothing wrong with it grammatically. What I mean is that we use this idiom in an ordinary way. It's just like when you ask somebody "Are you in the mood for dancing?" It's a normal way of speaking.

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They do, indeed, mean the same thing, and can be used interchangeably. I don't actually think there's much difference in terms of formality or politeness.

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